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    Sale 7584

    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)

    Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941

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    ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
    Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
    gelatin silver print, printed 1960s
    signed by photographer in ink, cardmaker's 'Strathmore' blindstamp on mount; titled in another hand in ink in title stamp, 'Carmel' credit stamp on reverse of mount
    15 3/8 x 19 3/8in. (39.4 x 49.2cm.)


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    In his autobiography, Adams recalls: 'I observed a fantastic scene as we approached the village of Hernandez. In the east, the moon was rising over distant clouds and snowpeaks, and in the west, the late afternoon sun glanced over a south-flowing cloud bank and blazed a brilliant white upon the crosses in the church cemetery.... After the first exposure, I quickly reversed the 8 x 10 film holder to make a duplicate negative, for I instinctively knew I had visualized one of those very important images that seem prone to accident or physical defect, but as I pulled out the slide the sunlight left the crosses and the magical moment was gone forever.'

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    Literature

    Ansel Adams: Classic Images, New York Graphic Society, 1986, pl.32; Ansel Adams: Photographs of the Southwest, New York Graphic Society, 1986, pl.55; Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, Little, Brown & Co., 2001, pl.96.